Friday, March 30, 2012

Heart String Quilt Top

Whew! It's been over a week since I posted. I've been busy!

I spent last weekend in Ventura for Craftcation. Craftcation was a first-time DIY/crafty business conference where I learned [what felt like] everything there is to know about running your own crafty business. It was seriously awesome. If you didn't hear about it or thought about going and didn't, GO NEXT YEAR. I never imagined I'd learn as much useful information. My head exploded like eight times while I was there.

I've also been diligently working on this heart string quilt top. And I'm not trying to be punny's a string quilt where the blocks form heart shapes [do you see them??], not a quilt that tugs at your heartstrings. Though maybe this one does. I don't know.

Now on to piece the back and get to quilting!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

New Blocks

Today was beautiful and productive. Woohoo!

One of the things I accomplished was starting a new quilt. I've made a few string blocks before but never followed through with them. This time I have a plan.

I'm going to change the sizes of some of the blocks to make a heart shape that hopefully won't be too obvious when the top is all sewn together.

A few strips cut, a zillion more to go...

Monday, March 19, 2012

Another Square Knot Clutch Class!

Hey all of ya! Just in case you live in the LA area and have been interested in taking my Square Knot Clutch class, but haven't, well GOOD NEWS, there is another 2-class session starting this Saturday March 24th at Sew LA in Silverlake.

You'll learn to make this cute little clutch that will be the envy of all who see it, especially when they learn that you made it yourself.

It's super easy to sign up in Sew LA's online store here. Hope to see you there!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Shamrock Hairband

Erin go braugh!

What does that even mean? I have no idea. Can anyone tell me?

This shamrock headband is a super cute and easy craft for St. Patrick's Day [which, in case you aren't aware of such things, is on Saturday]. This isn't really a tutorial per se, more of a tutorial roundup. Or no, a tutorial pairing.

I saw this great felt shamrock tutorial the other day on Paper and Ink, so I made two of them, one in the size she recommends and one slightly smaller.

Then I made one of my Prim Bow Hairband patterns [available in my etsy shop and as instant download here] out of undyed cotton with the option for the plain hairband. Then I just hand sewed the two shamrocks on!

You could also make the bow version and stick a smaller shamrock in the middle of it. I kind of wish I had thought of that before I made this one. Oh well.

If you don't want to make your own hairband you could just sew a few shamrocks onto one you already have. It'll take fifteen minutes tops!

And if you're looking for some cupcake inspiration for this weekend, be sure to check out my Pot o' Gold cupcakes [with full decorating tutorial!]:

Have a happy weekend!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Tutorial: Happy Raincloud Mobile

A few weeks ago I got a really exciting email.

I had been selected to participate in the Scribble Shop challenge. It's kind of like 'Iron Chef' for crafty bloggers, except I did it in my living room, and there were sadly no dramatic sound effects. They sent me a box filled with assorted craft supplies with one instruction: make something.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Sparkle Punch Quilt Update

I just wanted to start off the week with a short little picture post update about the Sparkle Punch quilt I made. Baby Lucas was born just two weeks ago, and here he is enjoying his new quilt! Isn't he cute??

Friday, March 9, 2012

Giant Tomato Pincushion

I love things that are the wrong size.

Like those giant iPhones in the Apple store windows? Want. I don't even know why. Maybe to make into a giant nightlight. To float in the pool I don't have. I dunno, I can't explain it.

When I was little, my brother and I had these banks shaped like giant crayons. They were as tall as we were back then. And they were awesome.

you wish you were this cool

Those giant ice cream cone lamps? Been on my wishlist for a while now. Someday.

yes please

Anyway, for the Colette Patterns book signing at Sew LA a few weeks ago, there was a photobooth setup, and I volunteered to make some props. For some reason I instantly thought, Giant Tomato Pincushion.

I used quilting weight red panels edged in green piping. It was my first attempt at piping and I must say, not nearly as scary as I thought! I stuffed the whole thing with styrofoam pellets meant for a beanbag chair. Did you know you can buy a ginormous bag of those for $12 at Bed Bath & Beyond? Yep!

I realized after I made it that it's the perfect size for an ottoman or floor pouf. So now my sewing room chair has an accessory. You could totally make the same pattern out of a different fabric [minus the leafy top] and have a cute living room floor pouf.

I'm planning on writing up a pattern for this, both tomato version and floor pouf version...whatcha'll think? Interested?

Friday, March 2, 2012

What to Make?

It's been a little quiet over here on Miss Make. My mom is in town visiting and we've been busy going grocery shopping, watching Mean Girls and doing other mother-daughter bonding activities. I'm also kind of between a few projects right now. Here's an update:

My crochet ripple blanket is slowly coming along. I've added a few more rows, and it's now long enough to cover the back of my couch. Still a ways to go though.

I picked up some of this [very pink] Art Gallery fabric to make another Ceylon dress. I think I'm going to make a few very minor adjustments to the pattern though so stay tuned for that excitement.

My other recent purchase is this amazing kitten head fabric from Joy and Joy. It's so ridiculous that I don't quite know what to make with it. Any suggestions?

This is my favorite little guy. Kitten smile!

What are you making right now?


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